The Story of the Solar Sales Service

(Thanks to the Lloyd Eshbach Collection at Temple University Library and the Otto Binder Collection at the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University for access to copies of these documents.  Click on the images to see readable enlargements.)

In the Spring of 1934 Schwartz and Weisinger formed the earliest literary agency focused on representing science fiction authors, Solar Sales Service.  Leveraging the contacts with editors and writers they had made through Science Fiction Digest, they quickly signed up an impressive stable of clients.  In a letter to Otto Binder on May 25, 1934, Weisinger outlined their view of the science fiction field and solicited Binder’s business.

Weisinger-Binder-25May34Schwartz-Eshbach-20Oct35

Schwartz continued his correspondence with Eshbach on his “Literary Agent” letterhead, exchanging copies of stories and industry news and also seeking more of Eshbach’s writing to resell.

 

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